Baked Polenta with Classic Chicken Parmesan

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This baked polenta with classic chicken parmesan is my twist on a classic Italian dish. Polenta is cooked to creamy perfection and then baked off briefly in a hot oven. The chicken parmesan is dredged in a mixture of bread crumbs and spices and then cooked traditionally in a hot skillet. Lastly, the chicken parmesan sits upon the bed of baked polenta and is sprinkled with the perfect cheese blend. Broiled until melty and bubbly, this baked polenta with classic chicken parmesan is a dinner must-have!

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So how is everyone’s week going? I know it has really only just begun, but have to think positively…right? This week has been pretty uneventful. I’m not really complaining. It keeps things stress-free, and a stress-free Justine is a happy Justine.

I grew up on Italian food. My dad’s side of the family is mostly Italian, and although I absolutely hate my Italian nose, I adore the food…my God, the food. What is it about Italian food that makes it so comforting? Polenta and homemade pasta and tiramisu…I love it all. Although, I think chicken parmesan has been insanely “Americanized,” one thing I know to be true is that I absolutely love the stuff. I feel like I am taking a bite straight out of my childhood with each and every forkful. So, this is why I decided to share this recipe with you guys today. Get crazy and substitute out that pasta for some creamy polenta. I promise you. It’s just heavenly.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe for baked polenta with classic chicken parmesan. Pair it with a pale and have a wonderful day! xo

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Baked Polenta with Classic Chicken Parmesan
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr, 10 min
Total Time
1 hr, 30 min
Yield
4

Ingredients

    Polenta
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups coarse corn meal
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • Baked Polenta and Classic Chicken Parmesan
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally and pounded to 1/2-inch thick (if necessary)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Italian style regular bread crumbs
  • 3/4 + 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated finely
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a medium-sized baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Slowly add the corn meal, whisking the entire time. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until thick and creamy, about 25-30 minutes. Stir in butter, parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste. Pour the polenta into the baking dish and set aside. Place the polenta in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until just set on top. Remove from heat and set aside. Preheat the broiler.
  • While your polenta is baking, prepare your chicken.
  • In one shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt and black pepper. In a second shallow bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. In a third shallow bowl, combine both bread crumbs, 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. Dredge each chicken cutlet in the flour mixture, shaking gently to get rid of an excess. Transfer to the egg mixture and coat completely. Lastly, place the chicken cutlets in the bread crumb mixture. Press to adhere where necessary. Place on a large plate and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a deep non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add two of the dredged chicken cutlets. Don't touch or move the chicken until the bottom is brown and crispy, about 3 minutes. Flip the chicken and repeat for the second side. Cook until the chicken has cooked through completely. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate that has been lined with a paper towel. Repeat for the remaining 2 chicken cutlets.
  • In a small bowl, toss together the mozzarella cheese and remaining 1/2 cup of parmesan.
  • Spoon a thin layer of marinara sauce on top of the polenta and then place the chicken cutlets on top. Add more marinara on top of the chicken and then top with the cheese blend. Stick under the broiler until melty and bubbly, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with fresh basil. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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  • Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice

    Love this dish, Justine! I haven’t had baked polenta in a long time, so this is reminding me that I need to get on that asap! It sounds so delish, especially with the chicken parmesan flavors! Pinned!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Yes you do!! Thanks so much for the pin!

  • Liz @ FloatingKitchen

    This looks incredible! All that cheesy goodness is calling me! I don’t cook polenta nearly enough. I need to get on that!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      You definitely need to get on that, Liz! Thanks girlfriend!

  • Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    That chicken parmesan looks amazing! That’s actually something I’ve never made but always enjoy. Need to change that ASAP! Italian food IS so comforting isn’t it?! And I’m not even Italian!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Haha…totally comforting, Stacey! Thanks girl.

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I kind of think Italian food is the best EVER. Ever ever. I mean, all the carbs and cheese…. heaven. Just like this dish!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Aw, thank you so much Ashley! xo

  • julieseatsandtreats

    And I thougth I loved Chicken Parmesan until I saw this pimped out version. WOW!!!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Haha, thanks Julie!

  • http://lslfun.blogspot.com Mira L

    Love Italian food and this Chicken parmesan looks perfect! And this reminds me I need to cook polenta pretty soon :)

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Yes you do! Thanks, Mira!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    You’re so smart serving chicken parmesan over polenta! I love polenta so much and don’t make it enough. This needs to happen!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      This definitely needs to happen, Marcie! Thank you!